Following the discussion about microwaving destroying nutrients in food on our Facebook page a couple of days ago, I thought I would point you in the direction of more information.
The question we asked on Facebook was: Do you use a microwave? The responses made us look a bit more closely at how much/often we use the microwave oven.
I’m one of those people who got a microwave way back in the early 1980’s when they were first becoming popular in our little country area.
Did it cook food? Yes!
Did it do it quickly? Yes!
Was it a bit of a novelty? Yes!
But the microwave very soon became an `essential’ part of daily life – one of those things that the more you use it, the more you need to use it. However over the past 5 – 6 years I have found myself using the microwave less and less. And since adopting a paleo / primal lifestyle a year and a half ago, I’ve hardly used it. I look at how much space it takes up in the kitchen and think….what a waste!!
For quite a while now I have been considering ditching the microwave, especially as we attempt to `clean up’ the toxins in our environment. I guess I just needed that final prompting.
The prompting came as I was reading `Primal Body, Primal Mind: beyond the paleo diet for total health and longer life’ by Nora Gedgaudas’. The section was talking about microwaving and quoted an article published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (Volume 83, Issue 14, pages 1511–1516, November 2003) which says that:
`microwaving destroys 97% of all phytonutrients and vitamins in vegetables and other foods, and may alter proteins in damaging and mutagenic ways.’
This started me looking for more info. There’s a lot of info but I felt that this says enough to convince me that the microwave is not going to promote health. In fact it is more likely to destroy health.
Mike Adams, the Health ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com explains it like this:
`…eating raw broccoli provides you with natural anti-cancer medicine that’s extremely effective at halting the growth of cancer tumours. But microwaving that broccoli destroys the anti-cancer nutrients, rendering the food “dead” and nutritionally depleted. There’s even some evidence to suggest that microwaving destroys the natural harmony in water molecules, creating an energetic pattern of chaos in the water found in all foods. In fact, the common term of “nuking” your food is coincidentally appropriate: Using a microwave is a bit like dropping a nuclear bomb on your food, then eating the fallout. (You don’t actually get radiation from eating microwaved foods, however. But you don’t get much nutrition, either.)’
In a more recent article he says:
`Microwaves promote death because they turn nutritious, healthy food into empty, decimated calories.’
OK. That’s enough for me!!! No more microwave. No more killing food in our house!!
Actually, I’m not sure that hubby is ready to do away with the microwave. And it’s a bit hard to hide it. I guess he will just have to learn how to use a saucepan on the stovetop. (Actually, as I write he is re-heating some soup from yesterday in the Thermomix. LOL.)